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, thoush their faces above ground in the days ahead. president obama also spoke last night with egypt's president about working together to try to preserve peace and security in that region. tension between israel and egypt's new islamist government has increased since the attacks with egypt recalling the ambassador to israel in protest. for more on the situation, we want to get to our senior colleague in the region. that is martin fletcher. he is live in tel aviv with the very latest right now. martin, give us a sense if you can. we already have a good understanding of the tensions between israel and iran. the tensions in recent days between israel and its neighbor to the sort of north, syria. and now this new test between israel and new islamist government in egypt. what should we be watching for? >> reporter: well, this potentially is very dangerous situation. on the brink -- on press hiss, israel attacking gaza killing the leader yesterday who by the way was the top of israel's hit list for ten years. but just as significant was israel's concentration on the rocket facilities, the
is necessary to defend our people. >> and today egypt's prime minister arrived in gaza in a show of support for hamas. nbc's martin fletcher has been following the latest and he joins us live from tel aviv. martin. >> reporter: good morning, brian. well, did hamas get the message that the israeli prime minister was talking about? apparently not. they fired rockets towards tel aviv always mentioned. a game changer for israel if those rockets had actually landed and done damage in tel aviv. they didn't. two landed short and exploded harmlessly in feels and one landed harmlessly in the sea but more important for the symbolism than the effect. israel's main goal apart from eliminating the militant islamic leadership of hamas has been to destroy their rocket capability aiming most of rare raids, more than 450 in the last couple of days, at destroying the long-range rocket capability of hamas so the fact that they were able to launch three rockets which failed just short of tel aviv. well, that says something that israel needs to as netanyahu said expand its operations if it wants to destroy that
the palestinian effort. last week's egypt prime minister visited with them and promised egypt's support and promised their actions would not go unnoticed. palestinian leaders have upped their demands in negotiations calling for the end of israel's five-year blockade on gaza and also calling for a pledge by israel not to fire on the territory again and an international deal ensuring that israel would keep its word. but back in the united states senator john mccain called for the u.s. to offer its own mediator to try to bring out a permanent truce. >> the united states of america has got to push as hard as we can to resolve this israeli/palestinian issue. so many events hinge on making that process go forward. find someone even as high ranking, frankly, as former president bill clinton to go and be the negotiator. i know he'd hate me for saying that, but we need a person of enormous prestige and influence to have these parties sit down together as an honest broker, but we have a lot of work to do to regain some credibility because we're crumbling all over the middle east. >>> any moment n
tomorrow after egypt's president, mohamed morsi, granted himself sweeping power over the country's judicial system. that sparked days of violent demonstrations and shook egypt's stock market which dropped nearly 10%. members of morsi's own government questioned the presidential decree, and several officials resigned because of it. but the administration says the move is necessary to keep supporters of former president hosni maubarak from blocking democratic reforms. morsi is expected to meet with senior judges today in an effort to stave off a wider crisis. >> this comes from a man who originally said they were never going to be involved in the government in the first place. >>> in syria where rebels say they've taken control of a key base near the capital of damascus. government forces, meanwhile, continue to target opposition forces with airstrikes. at least eight children were killed when one of those bombing runs had it tore through a village. rebel fighters are largely focusing their efforts on capturing air bases in an effort to ground the regime's warplanes and helicopters. still, fo
this morning and will also sit down with egypt's president. last night secretary clinton mourned the deaths on both sized but that the u.s. backed israel's right to defend its borders against hamas which she referred to as a terrorist organization. >> america's commitment to israel's security is rock solid and unwavering. that's why we believe it is essential to deescalate the violence in gaza. the goal must promote regional stability and advance the security and legitimate aspirations of israelis and palestinians alike. >> as diplomatic efforts ramp up, the u.s. blocked a u.n. security council resolution yesterday condemning the conflict because the resolution didn't address rockets fired from palestinian territory. >>> to politics, one thing not to be thankful for on the eve of this holiday season -- 2016. that's right. just two weeks after the longest, most expensive and most exhausting election in u.s. history, troubled eyes are turning this morning to 2016 speculation as it begins over the next batch of candidates. republican up and comer jeb bush jr. says his dad needs to make a run f
to israel as a terrorist state after attending talks in egypt. president obama spoke by phone yesterday to both morsi and netanyahu during his trip to southeast asia. in gaza hamas is calling for israel to stop killing its leaders and end a six-year blockade. meanwhile, new explosions continued through palestinian territory. they say they targeted the national islamic bank which they accuse hamas of using to pay its employees. an nbc analysis found israel has killed nearly 40 hamas militants over the last week, often using high precision drone strikes but the civilian toll has been high as well. thousands of people turned out for the funerals of four young children killed in an israeli air strike. meanwhile, israel's so-called iron dome missile defense has helped keep most missiles out of heavily populated areas. still some have made it through, like this rocket that hit a school. joining us now, nbc's eamon ayman in gaza. >> reporter: according to israeli military, more than 100 hit the gaza strip. this morning palestinian officials say the death toll from the past seven days has now r
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